KELT welcomes all ages to discover the fascinating lives of Maine owls

Posted:  Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 8:00am
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In the early evening light, the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) welcomes the public to explore Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath for owls on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Led by Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans, participants of all ages will listen to different owl calls, explore what makes a good owl home, and learn fun facts about these nighttime birds of prey. This is a free event.

Maine is home to eleven owl species, who spend all or part of the year in the state. These nocturnal predators can live in a variety of habitats from dense woodlands, to marshes, to urban environments like gulf courses or airports. Seamans will share recordings of various owl calls as he leads prowlers on a walk through the preserve. Meeting at dusk will optimize chances of seeing or hearing owls as wintertime is their mating season. Owls will be listening for possible mates and more eager to respond to calls, even if they come from a recording.

Prowlers should wear footwear with excellent tread and/or bring microspikes for traction on potentially icy trails. Packing a headlamp and dressing to spend 1 – 1 ½ hours outdoors is strongly encouraged. Please sign up at www.kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400. To get to Sewall Woods Preserve from Bath, take High Street north and turn left onto Whiskeag Road. Enter the parking area through the stone gate posts on the right.

For more information, visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

 

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